I am also troubled by the play's final image, in which Bearing steps into a cone of light (a moment underlined in the Nomad production by an upsurge of soupy music). Is Edson solving the play's central paradox about the accessibility of grace by fiat? Is she imposing a conventionally religious solution? The power of Witlies in its unblinking honesty, its willingness to examine death stripped of the softening effects of myth and convention. Wouldn't a truer final image have shown Bearing dead on her pain-rumpled sheets with doctors and nurses simply watching? Would that have been unendurable? Or, having gazed so steadily and so long at death, was Edson finally forced to avert her eyes?